Un­der­wa­ter Ad­ven­tures

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Aside from its rep­u­ta­tion as a hon­ey­moon spot, the Mal­dives is a diver’s dream. The In­dian Ocean par­adise is made up of more than 1,000 is­lands and is renowned for its thriv­ing coral atolls, la­goons and abun­dance of col­or­ful marine life. Top sites in­clude Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll for ex­cit­ing caves and over­hangs, while the strong cur­rents of Lhaviyani Atoll’s Kuredu Ex­press of­fer up big fish ac­tion from reef sharks and manta rays. Anan­tara re­cently opened up its first PADI-cer­ti­fied free-div­ing cen­ter – avail­able to guests at three of its re­sorts – for those who want a dif­fer­ent sub­aquatic ex­pe­ri­ence. WHERE TO STAY: Va­ca­tion­ers are spoiled for choice in the Mal­dives, but a brand-new open­ing in Septem­ber is the St Regis Vom­muli Re­sort, Mal­dives. The idyl­lic re­sort of­fers 77 pri­vate vil­las, a tran­quil spa with six pri­vate treat­ment rooms, an in­fin­ity swim­ming pool, fit­ness cen­ter and yoga space, plus dive and ac­tiv­ity cen­ter (star­wood­ho­tels.com/stregis).

Ja­pan’s south­ern is­land of Ok­i­nawa is an­other div­ing hotspot, with year-round warm wa­ter and a va­ri­ety of oceanic crea­tures from ham­mer­head sharks to unique nudi­branchs. An­other draw is the chance to ex­plore WWII ship­wrecks and un­der­wa­ter ru­ins. Back on land, Ok­i­nawa of­fers a long list of re­lax­ing va­ca­tion pur­suits, from beau­ti­ful beaches to World Her­itage sites and end­less

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